Guess what? I got one of the 67 jobs I applied for! – 67 Jobs

Here is a sentence which I think proves the current approach of the sanction-happy DWP is deeply flawed and should be abandoned forthwith, according to Peter Styles.

In my opinion 17 words which are deeply damning:

I have got one of the 67 jobs I applied for in the fortnight I was sanctioned.

So apparently I was sanctioned for having an insufficiently wide job search, despite applying for two entry level positions at a supermarket because I was ordered to by jackboot DWP bullies. Their intransigence and lack of humanity beggars belief.

I am still waiting to hear from the independent adjudicator looking into the reasons for the sanction, and have heard nothing from my official complaint to the DWP demanding two Brighton Jobcentre staff are sacked for discrimination.

Read the rest – including Peter’s kind words for everyone else at the “coalface” because of Coalition policy, and his unkind words for Iain Duncan Smith – on his blog’s site.

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3 thoughts on “Guess what? I got one of the 67 jobs I applied for! – 67 Jobs

  1. bookmanwales

    That will just reinforce their assertions that sanctions make people try harder and hence get jobs quicker because of sanctions.. You may have applied for 2000 jobs beforehand but obviously as you were not under sanction did not try to make a good enough impression in order to actually get the job.
    Once sanctioned you made a better impression and applied yourself diligenly at the interview whereas before you may have been a little less particular about dress, hygiene, punctuality etc.

    Every person who gets a job whilst under a sanction is validating the sanction regime. Like it or not this job will be shown as proof that sanctions do indeed make people try harder for jobs.

    All the best in the new job by the way.. 🙂

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I take it this comment is intended for Peter Styles, the author of the article?
      And incidentally, I take it – also – that you mean they’ll use it as proof that sanctions work, even though the job application was made before the sanction was applied?

      1. bookmanwales

        Sorry yes the comment was indeed meant for the article author.

        Yes even though the job was applied for before the sanction it will still be used as proof that the sanction itself made this person try harder at the interview.

        One of the arguments used by the DWP for sanctions is that although one may be appplying for many jobs one’s attitude (and desire to actually have a job) is not all it should be. This is why people with proof of many job applications are still sanctioned, they have a “work attitude” problem or in other words they are not trying hard enough either on their application, at the interview nor tailoring their cv’s to suit each job applied for.

        It’s not uncommon for jobseekers to be told to alter their cv’s by omitting qualifications if applying for menial jobs, no one wants a brain box stacking shelves or picking orders in a warehouse, nor do people want to employ someone who may one day be after their job.

        You yourself have written articles on the DWP’s intention to “psyche test” jobseekers on their attitude to work and this is merely a pretence to prove the above points in a formal manner.

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